Benjamin Franklin Awards Gold Medal Goes To Wyndano's Cloak

The Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Medal went to Wyndano's Cloak, by A. R. Silverberry.
June 4, 2011 - PRLog -- The 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Medal went to Wyndano's Cloak, in the Juvenile/Young Adult fiction genre. The Benjamin Franklin Award, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, celebrates excellence in editorial and design for titles published in the year 2010. Judges for the awards come from all areas of the industry: major newspaper and trade media reviewers, bookstore and library buyers and reviewers, non-competing publishers, artists, and writers.

Wyndano's Cloak, by A. R, Silverberry, delivers an inspiring message for young people to believe in themselves and to trust the treasures they carry inside.

In the novel, the kingdom of Aerdem is threatened. Fourteen-year-old Jen has one chance to save it—with a magical cloak too dangerous to use. The fantasy adventure that unfolds will appeal to children and adults alike. The heroine's quest for empowerment in the face of dire adversity has universal appeal. The result is a gripping tale of loyalty and betrayal, love and hate, and the yearning of the spirit.

The 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards, open to all publishers, saw close to 1,300 entries. Winning the Gold Medal distinguishes Wyndano's Cloak as one of the best independently published children's fiction books of the year. As the Benjamin Franklin Awards judges wrote about Wyndano's Cloak: "A really good read . . . I love Bit and Blue." "GREAT story ." "Great adventure and plot . . . I look forward to more books by this author."

Benjamin Franklin Award winners were announced during an awards ceremony, May 23, 2011, on the eve of BookExpo America 2011, in New York City, where the winners were recognized for setting the standards and the pace for the publishing industry. To request a review copy of Wyndano's Cloak, or for more information, contact Peter Adler at

Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher and printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre, are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. The trophies are awarded to the best books in several categories.

A. R. Silverberry is an award-winning author. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing. Silverberry, the pen name for Peter Allan Adler, has been a licensed psychologist since 1991. He continues to balance his clinical practice with writing. He is available for interviews, book signings, and school visits. He offers talks to teachers, parents, and children on writing, self-esteem, and resilience. For more information, visit his website at

Wyndano's Cloak has already been honored with ten book awards, including 2010 Books of the Year Award, in the Fantasy/Fairy Tale genre; and Gold-Medal Winner in the 2010 Readers Favorite Awards, for Preteen fiction. Capturing the attention of judges across genres reflects the novel's wide appeal.

Wyndano's Cloak has captured rave reviews. Readers Favorite proclaimed, "A. R. Silverberry is a master at characterization. Few are his equal." Feathered Quill Review declared, ". . . Constant suspense . . . impossible to put down. You're going to be very tired in the morning!" Children's Bookwatch said the book would, ". . . attract a following to clamor for sequels to this exciting tome." Readers Choice Reviews called it, ". . . A grand adventure . . . a coming-of-age soon to be classic that is certain to keep kids entertained and away from the TV and video game system for long stretches . . . Silverberry’s creativity and imagination are second to none." And the US Review of Books called the novel, ". . . A powerful coming-of-age story . . . a rich and subtle metaphor for the power of creativity and courage, the function and purpose of artistic inspiration and enrichment, and the role of fantasy and vision in the human psyche."

Wyndano's Cloak is available worldwide through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, or through your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore; or can be ordered directly from the distributor, Atlas Books: 30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland, OH 44805, Phone: 800-247-6553; or from your favorite Wholesaler or Distributor.

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